I'm trying to come up with a word meaning 'addition (before something)' in the sense: His title was 'holiness' but now it must be expressed with the ?something? 'supreme' (such that the title is now 'supreme holiness'). I want it to be clear that 'supreme' has to be added before the term 'holiness'. I thought perhaps 'superaddition', but that's somewhat different.

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    I would say it was an "honorific", or, if necessary, an "honorific adjective".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 19:31
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    epithet, qualifier.
    – Drew
    Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 21:18

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There might be a technical word that is specific for titles, but the word that seems to come most naturally is:

it must be prefixed with 'supreme'


it must be expressed [adorned?] with the 'supreme' prefix

The words prepended and adjoined also come to mind, but the first is mostly used in computer science, and the second connotes affixing more than prefixing.

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    +1 for “prefix” as a noun (which fits the OP’s example as given better than a verb) and also for suggesting “adorned” to emphasize that this is an addition to the original title/honorific prefix. I would, however, maintain the OP’s word order (“the ?something? ‘supreme’ ”=“the prefix ‘supreme’ ”) to avoid the slight ambiguity that arises in my mind when the order is reversed (even with the quotation marks, “the ‘supreme’ prefix” could perhaps beg the question, “well what exactly is the ‘supreme’ prefix?”), but it’s probably just me.
    – Papa Poule
    Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 17:07

I would suggest 'prepend'.

His title 'Holiness' must be prepended with 'Supreme' now.


You could say

Instead of 'holiness' he must be called 'supreme holiness'.

This leaves no room for misunderstanding. The fact that 'supreme' must come before 'holiness' is clear from the concrete term 'supreme holiness' where 'supreme' does indeed appear before 'holiness'

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